Sarsynski told PLANSPONSOR.com she grew up in the retirement services industry and particularly has background in investments, the liability side of balance sheets, and building products. She added that her municipal background was extremely helpful in dealing with union or Taft Hartley relationships.
Sarsynski has extensive experience effectively managing large organizations in both the corporate and municipal sectors, leading the Corporate Finance Department, Real Estate Investment, and Mortgage Finance operations for Aetna Life and Casualty, and then serving as Chief Executive Officer for Suffield Township in Suffield, Connecticut, according to the company announcement.
Sarsynski also told PLANSPONSOR.com her experience with the international business allows her to prepare for the U.S. business since the worker demographics in other countries like Japan are about five years ahead of the U.S. and she has seen the emergence of products and services for those demographics. She is Chairman, President and CEO of MassMutual International LLC, and will continue in that capacity.
Sarsynski joined MassMutual in 2005 as senior vice president and chief administrative officer.
Prior to joining MassMutual, she was managing director of Babson Capital Management LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary, serving as portfolio management group head, the announcement said.
Sarsynski’s new appointment comes as Executive Vice President Fred Castellani, Retirement Services, has announced he will retire at the end of February. Castellani told PLANSPONSOR.com the firm is looking for ways he can remain involved with the fund boards he currently serves.
Sarsynski noted Castellani and his team have set objectives for 2008, and they will be meeting in next few days for her to get familiar with those objectives. “We will be travelling to MassMutual’s various field locations and meeting with key advisors who have helped refuel [the firm’s] growth engines,” Castellani said.
A continued focus will be participant education, and Castellani said the business will continue to take the lead on fee disclosure. According to Castellani, plan sponsors are really asking for understanding about what their expenses are and a rationalization of value to expenses.
“We do expect a very smooth transition,” Sarsynski commented. “We have been working together for three years, and I respect Fred’s knowledge and will be calling on him for advice.”